Sunday Pundit Roundup: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
In case you missed the weekend shows, here’s a roundup of some highlights.
- As part MSNBC’s ongoing coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show discussed the legacy of inequality that persists in the United States with Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as well as Myrlie Evers, widow of assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
- On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer discussed the anniversary of the March on Washington with Rep. John Lewis who reflected on the speech he delivered 50 years ago. Turns out Martin Luther King, Jr. asked Rep. Lewis to tone his speech down after he learned that Lewis planned to criticize President Kennedy for asking patience of the black community: “‘You tell us to wait. You tell us to be patient. We cannot wait. We cannot be patient. We want our freedom and we want it now.’”
- For a bit of journalistic history, Meet the Press aired a two-hour edition of the show featuring interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Roy Wilkins, NAACP executive secretary, which originally aired on August 25, 1963. It’s worth the entire watch just for the palpable racist disdain from the show’s panel.
- Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday did their own form of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom by questioning the value of affirmative action (h/t Media Matters) :
How much longer should the government give special treatment to minorities? . . . You know, it is 50 years after Martin Luther King’s speech. Obviously there were hundreds of years of discrimination. But at what point do we, in effect, say, ‘you’re on your own?’
- George Will went on This Week to explain the ongoing economic disparities between Black and white Americans by channeling the wholly problematic 1965 Moynihan Report. Spoiler alert: it’s Black women’s fault.
The events to which you refer were foreshadowed by something that happened eight months after the march … A young social scientist from Harvard working in the Labor Department published a report. His name was Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He said, ‘There is a crisis in the African American community, because 24% of African American children are born to unmarried women.’ Today it’s tripled to 72%. That, and not an absence of rights, is surely the biggest impediment.
- And lastly, State of the Union with Candy Crowley focused on the Affordable Care Act and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his ignorance about health care. Sen. Cruz appeared earlier on the show to criticize the Obama Administration’s health care policy and double-down on his threats to quash the Affordable Care Act. (h/t Talking Points Memo)
Filed Under: Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation, George Will, Howard Dean, March on Washington, Medgar Evers, Meet The Press, Melissa Harris-Perry, Moynihan Report, Myrlie Evers, State of the Union, Sybrina Fulton, Ted Cruz, This Week, Trayvon Martin